Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Behind the Brand: Vanessa of With Great Heart + Blog Design Discount

We're so happy to introduce you to one talented girl. Meet Vanessa of With Great Heart. We met Vanessa when she redesigned Co-Founder Katelyn's blog. Vanessa loves working with bloggers so much that she's offering a serious discount. Check that out below!

Name: Vanessa

Location: North Carolina

Occupation: Web designer

Hobbies: Watching movies, taking pictures, and hanging out with Mr. Smith

I couldn't live without my….? Hair straightener! 

What’s With Great Heart? What do you offer? 
With Great Heart is a creative services studio that offers Web design, blog design and other helpful services for everyone, especially small businesses, bloggers, and independent professionals.

When & why did you start With Great Heart? 
While I've been creating on the Web for over a decade, I started With Great Heart nearly 3 years ago, because I wanted more opportunities to be creative, do what I love, continue learning and growing, and help others. I've always loved connecting with all kinds of other bloggers. This was just another way for me to do that, and I've developed some great friendships from it!

What’s your favorite thing about With Great Heart? 
I love that moment when I've gotten a design to look exactly how the client imagined and they are just really happy. That feeling is the best feeling!

When you’re not working on design, what can you be found doing? 
Usually you can find me watching movies with my husband or trying to get a workout in!

What’s the best piece of design advice you can offer a blogger? 
Let your uniqueness shine through! Your content (especially your content) and your design are pieces of you. And even if you only have a vague idea of what you'd like your design to look like, that's okay! Designers want to help you sharpen your vision and bring it all to life.

What other tips + tricks do bloggers need to know? 
Did you know some designers (like me!) welcome questions about design? If you have some simple questions, don't be afraid to reach out! There are so many lovely resources available to you for free, including picking a designer's brain.  

What is the biggest mistake people make in design? How can they fix this? 
Taking shortcuts with your design code. Sometimes the easiest way isn't always the best way. If you're taking the time to create your own design, really do your homework, and again, don't be afraid to ask questions! It may save a lot of headache and clean-up in the future. 

What’s your website?

What’s the best way to contact you?
 Through email! (

We hear you’re offering one heck of a Midwest Blogger’s design deal….
 Absolutely! It was such a pleasure to design Katelyn's blog for her and I would love the chance to work with more Midwest Bloggers. You can receive 15% off your total purchase on anything in my shop ( with the coupon code MBLOVE! Just apply it at checkout and you're ready to go!

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